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IELTS reading practice

This is a brilliant reading resource for IELTS candidates. It is far more than a reading practice test rather it is a complete tutorial on the reading paper. It explains how to approach the reading paper and the different types of question you can expect to find there. It shows examples of  9 different types of question and then explains the different reading skills needed for each question type. For me, this is the very best kind of IELTS training as it looks at the reading skills required.

The different types of task it analyses are

  • summary completion
  • matching paragraphs to headings
  • identifying the writer’s views (Yes/No/Not given)
  • multiple choice
  • selecting factors
  • table completion
  • matching causes and effects
  • sentence completion
  • short answer questions

Reading tutorial from Holmesglen Institute

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10 Responses to IELTS reading practice

  1. Socco December 25, 2009 at 10:47 am #

    Where are you from? Is it a secret? 🙂

    • Dominic Cole December 26, 2009 at 8:13 am #

      No secret. Here’s a short bio. I’m from the UK and currently work at York St University teaching EFL. I have been teaching for 15 years and have worked in Egypt, Romania and the UK. Before I was a teacher, I worked as a lawyer for 4/5 years.

    • rawan March 10, 2012 at 11:48 am #

      hhh… it’s not
      i’m from iraq and i’ve attend ireland 2 study at RCSI college… 🙂

  2. Mukta April 8, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    Dear Dominic,
    Thank you for such a valuable information regrading IELTS,i am preparing
    IELTS and need to score 7,after reading all your materials my hope has gone up
    Thanks once again

  3. Name August 20, 2010 at 2:50 am #

    Thank you Dominic Cole, very very much!
    your tutorials are very impressive & useful!

  4. Elena November 28, 2010 at 10:52 am #

    Thank you very much for such valuable advices you give here. I find it very different from other websites, because you are suggesting here very direct and detailed approach to studying. I was searching a lot to find something like that!
    I need to get 7 each in Academic and I am sure that your advices will be much useful.

    • Dominic Cole November 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

      Okay, I’m a teacher. It’s “advice”, not “advices”. This is a super common problem.

      You should also check out ielts-simon. He’s really very good and does some real teaching on his blog. You get quick daily lessons in all 4 skills.

  5. shani December 12, 2010 at 10:14 pm #

    Thanks Dominic Cole..your web site is really helping me to learn ielts .

    very first I thought this is very difficult to follow. but when I stared to do practice i felt this is not very tough. but I hope to get your support until I sit for the exam next month.

  6. Aisha April 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    Thanks Dominic Cole your website is really helpful.
    I am going to take IELTS exam on coming 30th.I need 7 in each skill.
    I am wooried about reading as i got 6.5 before while i need 7.
    Any suggestions from yourside?
    I will be very thankful to you.

  7. leyla June 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    hey it is not helpfull. IT IS MIRACKLE. i prepare at home for ielts. i do not need any ielts teacher. i learned everything here. in trial o got exam 6.5. i think it is normal. in order to i do not have tutor. except DOMIC.

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